Neglecting the Urban Poor in Bangladesh: Research, Policy and Action in the Context of Climate Change

BWPI Working Paper No.144

39 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2011 Last revised: 28 Sep 2014

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Nicola Banks

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute

Manoj Roy

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Date Written: March 18, 2011

Abstract

In Bangladesh, urban poverty is neglected in research, policy and action on poverty reduction. This paper explores the underlying foundations for this relative neglect, including national identity and image, the political economy of urban poverty, and the structuring of knowledge creation. It argues for more comprehensive policy and programmes for the urban poor given Bangladesh’s increasingly urban future and the growing magnitude of urban poverty. The impact of climate change will accelerate Bangladesh’s ongoing urbanisation, as well as deepen the scale and severity of urban poverty. That urban poverty reduction will subsequently be increasingly important to the ability to meet national goals for poverty reduction means that policy and action must pay more attention to the urban poor. This is contingent upon two factors: a better understanding of the scale and nature of urban poverty reduction and vulnerability, and the confrontation of powerful interests necessary to secure national commitment to urban poverty reduction.

Keywords: Urban poverty, climate change, Bangladesh

Suggested Citation

Banks, Nicola and Roy, Manoj and Hulme, David, Neglecting the Urban Poor in Bangladesh: Research, Policy and Action in the Context of Climate Change (March 18, 2011). BWPI Working Paper No.144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1789799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1789799

Nicola Banks (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Global Development Institute ( email )

Humanities Bridgeford Street Building
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United Kingdom

Manoj Roy

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/staff-list/all/manoj-roy/

Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester ( email )

Humanities Bridgeford Street Building
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom
+44(0)161 3066699 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.bwpi.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/staff/mroy-profile.html

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

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